Tag Archives: soccer

Doing It Hard

I reckon the Netherlands did pretty well to last as long as they did in Euro 2012 given the state of their practice field…

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Showing the Colours: Addendum

This follows on from “Showing the Colours”.

Hahaha. I saw a segment of the soccer. It turns out that they wear white shirts not the national colours. Who would have thought? Isn’t that the point of national colours – for the team to wear them so you (the supporter) and they are the same? So the tribe is marked.

To be honest, I feel a bit ripped off. Continue reading

Showing the Colours

Soccer is upon us. I am not a fan so the whole Euro 2012 kerfuffle could easily have passed me by except for two things.

1. The mysterious desertion of the streets some evenings accompanied by occasional shouts of jubilation emanating from pubs and homes.

2. Orange.

The latter is everywhere: Continue reading

City of the People

When I first visited Stuttgart, the capital of the state of Baden-W├╝rttemberg in southern Germany, in 2006, I found it as open, vulnerable and focussed as a toddler. It was the quarter final of the Soccer World Cup. The streets of this then 600 000-strong city were almost devoid of cars. A hush had fallen but a roar, muted by distance and walls, rose from apartments, houses and pubs whenever Germany scored a goal. Afterwards, the streets ran thick with jubilation. People crammed into the Schlossplatz (Palace Square) in the centre of the city, united in a single emotion. Continue reading